simplicity ztr

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by arod, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. arod

    arod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    picking up a brand new one today!
    can't wait.
  2. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    What model? I have a 20hp 50" and love it. 100 hours on it now with zero problems.
  3. arod

    arod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    i bought the 1844 to play on for a couple of years until i can afford a big exmark.
    i have test driven it and love it....can't wait to try it out on my yard!
  4. vettenuts

    vettenuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I have the same one and so far have used it twice. I am very pleased with the ability to cut at high speed and the finish on the lawn. It is top notch. Also, the quality of the unit now that I have it home and can really inspect it is excellent. I am sure you will be happy with it.
  5. arod

    arod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    just picked it up!
    i have heard nothing but good things so far on the simplicity.
    i hope it last for years.
  6. vettenuts

    vettenuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Congrats. My wife thinks I am nuts when I am outside playing with it :)
  7. YardSlave

    YardSlave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I've also been looking at a number of ZTR's and would appreciate your input on: 1. The Simplicity's handling on slopes (from gentle to more extreme). 2. Control over the striping effect. As I understand it, the Simplicity has full rollers across the back side of the mower deck which I suspect will push the grass over giving that striping effect. My pref. is to NOT have striping (looks great on a ball field, but not my irregular yard!). Can some of those roller be removed to eliminate the stripes?

    Any other findings about this machine would be greatly appreciated.
  8. arod

    arod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    well, i cut grass for three hours last night when i got home and absolutely love the simplicity!.....smooth riding, pretty quick.
    cuts real well.
    i tested it on a moderate slope, and it handled it pretty well. i haven't had the nerve to try a real steep hill.
    the striper laid some nice stripes on the yard, but it depends a lot on the height and type of grass you are cutting.
    i haven't checked to see if you can remove them yet...i am sure you can.
  9. arod

    arod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    mine did too!
    called me crazy
  10. stryper

    stryper LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 137

    YardSlave...I can't speak to the slope issue, and I don't own a Simplicity Consumer Z, but I do have a Regent and the cut is outstanding, and think the decks pretty much hold true to form across the Simplicity line. And if that's the case, the cuts should be fairly consistent too. With that in mind, you might also want to consider the Snapper Fast Cut which, I believe, is virtually the same machine as the Simplicity Consumer Z, but without the roller on back. They might even come out of the same factory, as Simplicity bought Snapper a while back and kinda melded their lines together.

    Personally, however, I can't imagine not wanting stripes, curves, squiggles, etc...properly executed, a patterned, irregular yard might look even better than a ballfield.

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